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aberrant
adj.
deviating from the norm
anomaly
n.
deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
arduous
adj.
strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
audacious
adj.
daring and fearless; recklessly bold
canonical
adj.
following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
censure
v.
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
n.
trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
n.
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
adj.
complex or complicated
discordant
adj.
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
adj.
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
effrontery
n.
extreme boldness; presumptuousness
eloquent
adj.
well-spoken, expressive, articulate
ennui
n.
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting form boredom or apathy
extemporaneous
adj.
improvised; done without preparation
filibuster
n.
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
laud
v.
to praise highly
lucid
adj.
clear; easily understood
magnanimity
n.
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
mundane
adj.
of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nebulous
adj.
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
obtuse
adj.
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear of precise in thought or expression
onerous
adj.
troubling; burdensome
parody
n.
a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
adj.
recurrent throughout the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfunctory
adj.
cursory; done without care or interest
precipitate
v.
to cause or happen before anticipated or required
prescience
n.
foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
qualms
n.
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
recant
v.
to retract, esp. a previously held belief
refute
v.
to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
v.
to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
reticent
adj.
quiet, reserved; reluctant to express thoughts or feelings
sporadic
adj.
occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
squander
v.
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
static
adj.
not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
stupefy
v.
to stun, baffle, or amaze
stymie
v.
to block; to thwart
synthesis
n.
the combination of parts to make a whole
torque
n.
a force that causes rotation
tortuous
adj.
winding, twisting; excessively complicated
veracity
n.
truthfulness, honesty
voracious
adj.
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
v.
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
abate
v.
to lessen in intensity or degree
accolade
n.
an expression of praise
adulation
n.
excessive praise; intense adoration
aesthetic
adj.
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
ameliorate
v.
to make better or more tolerable
ascetic
n.
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
cacophony
n.
harsh, jarring, discordant sounds; dissonance
canon
n.
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
catalyst
n.
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
cogent
adj.
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
complaisance
n.
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
contentious
adj.
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
culpable
adj.
deserving blame
dearth
n.
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
didactic
n.
intended to teach or instruct
discretion
n.
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions
disinterested
free of bias or self-interest; impartial
dogmatic
adj.
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or improvable principles
eclectic
adj.
composed of elements drawn from various sources
elegy
n.
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
empirical
adj.
based on observation or experiment
enigmatic
adj.
mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
ephemeral
adj.
brief; fleeting
esoteric
adj.
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
eulogy
n.
a speech honoring the dead
exonerate
v.
to remove blame
fallacy
n.
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
gregarious
adj.
sociable; outgoing; enjoying the company of other people
heretical
adj.
violating accepted dogma or convention
hyperbole
n.
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
inert
adj.
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
opaque
adj.
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
oscillation
n.
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm
peruse
v.
to examine with great care
pious
adj.
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
precursor
n.
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
preen
v.
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
prodigious
adj.
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
prolific
adj.
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
sanction
n./v.
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
satire
n.
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
squalid
adj.
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
stoic
adj.
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; stead-fast
supplant
v.
to take place of; to supersede
vilify
v.
to defame; to characterize harshly
amalgamate
v.
to combine several elements into a whole
archaic
adj.
outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
bolster
v.
to provide support or reinforcement
bombastic
adj.
pompous; grandiloquent
diatribe
n.
a harsh denunciation
exacerbate
v.
to make worse or more severe
fervent
adj.
greatly emotional or zealous
fortuitous
adj.
happening by accident or chance
grandiloquence
n.
pompous speech or expression
hedonism
n.
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
hegemony
n.
the consistent dominance of one state of ideology over others
iconoclast
one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
idolatrous
adj.
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
imperturbable
adj.
marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness
implacable
adj.
not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
luminous
adj.
characterized by brightness and the emission of light
malevolent
adj.
having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
malleable
adj.
capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
meticulous
adj.
characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
mitigate
v.
to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
pedagogy
n.
the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
pedantic
adj.
overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
pervasive
adj.
having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
pirate
v.
to illegally use or reproduce
placate
v.
to appease; to calm by making concessions
plummet
v.
to plunge or drop straight down
polemical
adj
controversial; argumentative
profuse
adj.
given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
proliferate
v.
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries
n.
questions; inquires; doubts in the mind; reservations
rescind
v.
to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
reverent
adj.
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
rhetoric
n.
the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
subpoena
n.
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct
adj.
brief; concise
superfluous
adj.
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
tenacity
n.
the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination
tenuous
adj.
having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
tirade
adj.
a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
transient
adj.
fleeting; passing quickly; brief
zealous
adj.
fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause
alchemy
n.
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metal, esp. base metals into gold
anachronism
n.
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
convention
n.
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
credulous
adj.
tending to believe too readily; gullible
cynicism
n.
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
n.
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
dilettante
n.
one with an amateurish or superficial in the area or a branch of knowledge
disparage
v.
to slight or belittle
divulge
v.
to disclose something secret
fawn
v.
to flatter or praise excessively
imminent
adj.
about to happen; impending
immutable
adj.
not capable of change
indifferent
adj.
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
maverick
n.
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
neophyte
n.
a recent convert; a beginner; a novice
obstinate
adj.
stubborn; hard-headed; uncompromising
pervade
v.
to permeate throughout
plethora
n.
an overabundance; a surplus
pragmatic
adj.
practical rather than idealistic
presumptuous
adj.
overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
propensity
n.
a natural inclination or tendency; penchant
pungent
adj.
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
quixotic
adj.
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
shard
n.
a piece of broken pottery or glass
sparse
adj.
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift
n.
one who spends money wastefully
subtle
adj.
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
terse
adj.
brief and concise in wording
untenable
adj.
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
vacillate
v.
to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another
vigilant
adj.
alertly watchful
volatile
adj.
readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive
appropriate
v.
to take for own's own use; to confiscate
arrest, arresting
v/adj.
to suspend; to engage; holding one's attention: as in arrested adolescence, an arresting portrait
damp
v.
to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
exact
v.
to demand; to call for; to require; to take
ford
v.
to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
intimate
v.
to imply, suggest, or insinuate
list
v.
to tilt or lean to one side
occult
adj.
hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
pedestrian
adj.
commonplace, trite, unremarkable, quotidian
pluck
n.
courage, spunk, fortitude
sap
v.
to enervate or weaken the vitality of
sap
n.
a fool or nitwit
stand
n.
a group of trees
steep
v.
to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep
qualify
v.
to limit
sap
v.
to enervate or weaken the vitality of
sap
n.
a fool or nitwit
scurvy
adj.
contemptible, despicable
singular
adj.
exceptional, unusual, odd
stand
n.
a group of trees
steep
v.
to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep
strut
n.
the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
table
v.
to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration
tender
v.
to proffer or offer
anathema
n.
a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
apostate
n.
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
debacle
n.
rout, fiasco, complete failure
denouement
n.
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
dirge
n.
a song of grief or lamentation
exegesis
n.
critical examination, explication